Patrice Lewis is the author of an insipid piece of drivel at the Worldnetdaily entitled “Are Feminists Insane?” It’s nothing more than the ritual disembowlment of one of the commonly invoked straw feminists, the Evil Feminist Who Hates Women Who Choose to Be Mothers. Unable to find any actual feminist who believes that, she quotes from an obscure Salon writer who says the opposite, that in at least one sense she actually envies stay-at-home moms.
You see, in the absence of real barriers of oppression and subjugation, feminists have turned on the one group of people who most strongly violate their perceived goal of universal victimhood: Housewives. Feminists’ most dripping contempt is not reserved for men, but for women who refuse to go along with their agenda…
There’s an interesting post by Hadley Bennett in which he examines the apparent obsession a Salon writer named Emily Matchar and her friends have with domesticity. “Feminists will deny and deny and deny that they’re full of seething rage and contempt for the choices of women to stay-at-home, despite the fact that these women consented,” he notes.
Entitled “Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs,” the Salon writer admits: “I’m a young, feminist atheist who can’t bake a cupcake. Why am I addicted to the shiny, happy lives of these women?”
Matchar tries to explain her fascination: “[T]o use a word that makes me cringe, these blogs are weirdly ‘uplifting.’ … Their lives seem adorable and old-fashioned and comforting.” She admits this “seems practically subversive to someone like me, weaned on an endless media parade of fretful stories about ‘work-life balance’ and soaring divorce rates and the perils of marrying too young/too old/too whatever.”Matchar then dismisses the women whose blogs she enjoys as “young Mormon women, who face immense cultural pressure to stay home with children rather than pursue a career.”
Only in the minds of someone with an axe to grind or a serious inability to understand the English language would that statement be considered a dismissal of those women. Her point was a rather obvious one: Lots of women seem to be happy being stay-at-home moms, but that doesn’t mean they should be pressured into it by religious expectations. And lots of women are happy being childless, having careers, being lesbian or bi, and none of those people should be pressured into it either. Feminism is about maximizing the choices that women have.
But hard-working feminists who do not have a domestic support base often find their work lives become sterile and unfulfilling. There is no balance. Everyone needs to relax amidst peace and tranquility. Work is not, or shouldn’t be, the be-all and end-all of life. (As someone so famously observed, “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal.”)
Instead, feminists like Gloria Feldt think the height of feminism is to work 80 hours a week at the office, hook up with an assortment of random men and kill your baby every other year or so.
Yeah, that last paragraph tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Patrice Lewis, which is that there is no need to take her seriously whatsoever.